Root Canal

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Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is a specific endodontic procedure which treats the problems related to pulp tissue’s exposure to bacteria. Though most believe it to be a very painful procedure, a root canal is actually no more painful than the process undertaken for filling a tooth.

The procedure itself becomes a requisite when an infection or inflation develops or reaches the pulp tissue which lies inside your tooth. The tissue consists of various nerves and blood vessels, as a result when you do need a root canal you will know because of the excruciating pain you will feel once your pulp tissue is exposed to infection and inflammation.

Causes

One of the leading reasons for a root canal treatment is that the pulp tissue gets exposed to bacteria. The enamel and dentin in a healthy tooth is there to protect this very sensitive core of your tooth. However if you suffer from cavities, and have a hole in your teeth, the bacteria might eat into the rest of your teeth and quickly expose the center of your teeth.

Injuries from accidents and other sports activities can also lead to trauma caused by damage to the pulp tissue, in this case it is advised that you quickly get proper treatment done. Sometimes, having multiple crowning and filling procedures done to the same tooth may also lead to pulp tissue exposure.

What to Expect From A Root Canal

An anesthetic is administered to numb the nerves that surround the tooth and the surrounding area. A small opening is made to provide access to root canal. Tiny instruments are utilized to pull out dead and dying pulp tissue from inside the tooth. The empty canals are then cleaned, disinfected, and refilled for added protection. The small opening that was previously created to pull out dead tissue is then sealed with adhesive cement for the prevention of infection in the future.

Your tooth might be sensitive and a little soft in the days that follow the root canal procedure. There might be some general discomfort but over the counter pain killers can be very effective in alleviating the pain. After a few days you will start feeling back to normal and the tenderness and sensitivity will subside.

Signs that Point Towards Root Canal Issues

If your tooth is sensitive to cold or hot, you have facial swelling, pain, or pressure in your mouth, you may need an expert opinion. Don’t hesitate go to call your BayView Dental dentist to for and exam and x-rays. The problem is best treated early before it becomes too painful.